Some of us are extremely obsessed with celebrities. I have a lady connected with me on FB, who is an ardent fan of Aishwarya Rai. Even if Mrs Rai were to burp and post a pic of the same, I am sure she would definitely ‘like’ it! What irritates me is that she doesn’t have time to reply to the Birthday Wishes she gets from her friends every year (she just ‘likes’ them), in spite of spending so much time on Social Media.
The other day it was Hrithik Roshan’s birthday and someone in my twitter feed had tagged him and posted ‘ Love you so much, Hrithik. Stay blessed!’ While Mr Roshan was busy buying Rolls Royce for himself! Again, I have hardly seen her checking my updates and commenting on them and I am sure I am not in her ‘avoid’ list. Yes, I am not a celebrity…so that makes for a point. But then commenting on celebrities’ pictures? Don’t we know it is not the personality him/herself who is posting those updates…it is their PR firms? Do we think Narendra Modi has time to be on twitter and facebook every few minutes? He couldn’t have travelled the world, if he did! So, essentially, nobody cares about those statuses that some of us keep flooding celebrities’ timelines with.
In the recent verdict of Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case, the entire nation had opinions. If he would have been convicted, I can say with confidence some foolish people would have definitely committed suicide…we have seen that in the past! Ask yourself, would it have mattered to him? No, he wouldn’t even have known or cared about it!
This begs the question, why are we so obsessed with them?
My analysis says because they are famous personalities and somehow we want to be associated with them – even if through a ‘like’ that can become a topic of discussion with our friends. The fact that we have never (or hardly) met the personality also plays a role since we consider them as way above us, akin to God. In other words, if you were to start living with Aishwarya, you would consider her as just another person, in spite of her same accomplishments.
I would close by saying be close to your friends and family first; you never know someone might actually become a celebrity one day! Here’s a quote I came up with few years back:
If you are a celebrity, people would follow you blindly. Till then, you have to do the hard work.